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The Daily Wildcat

 

Heating up

 

The Arizona baseball team is peaking at the right time. 

After Sunday’s 8-2 win that finished a sweep of Washington, the Wildcats (36-19, 15-12 Pacific 10 Conference) have won their last three games – and 10 of 13 games in May – heading into the NCAA Tournament, which begins next weekend. 

“”If I look at our numbers . . . I’d say we’re playing pretty good baseball the last five weeks,”” Arizona coach Andy Lopez said. “”Now I’ve got to make sure we keep playing good baseball. It would be hard to argue the point that Arizona hasn’t been playing pretty good.””

Junior pitcher Bryce Bandilla earned the win on Sunday, throwing 3.2 scoreless innings in relief of starter Konner Wade. 

Wade threw four innings, but allowed eight hits and two earned runs before giving way to Bandilla.

The 6-foot-4 left-hander entered the game with runners on first and second with no outs in the fifth, and struck out all three Husky batters he faced in the inning – squelching the Washington (17-37, 6-21 Pac-10) rally. 

“”Having a good outing like I did today, that gives us a lot of confidence going into the playoffs,”” Bandilla said.

Former Sunday starter Tyler Hale also pitched a strong inning and one-third in relief of Bandilla, allowing one hit and striking out two.

Wildcats Rob Refsnyder and Cole Frenzel drove in two RBIs apiece in Sunday’s win, and senior outfielder Bobby Rinard continued his stellar weekend at the plate, going 3-for-4 and scoring two run. 

In his final weekend playing at Frank Sancet Stadium, Rinard went 8-for-10 at the plate, including his first career home run Friday and a walk-off hit in Saturday’s win.

Arizona’s will learn its destination for a NCAA Regional on Monday morning.

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